The Swedish Institute (SI) and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) announce the second module of their first joint partnership initiative- Balticlab Project Development Programme, which was launched on 12 April in Malmö and will be continuing with its second module in Nida, Lithuania on 3-7 May.
Balticlab is an initiative designed for young emerging talents in creative industries and project startups in the Baltic Sea Region, providing them with the necessary perspectives, knowledge and tools to develop innovative projects that could give impetus to cross-border cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.
“Finding talent in our communities is a key issue for the future of our region and to SI’s work in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. The partnership of Balticlab is to become yet another important facet of our work in talent recognition”, says SI’s Director-General Annika Rembe. Emphasis on investing support for creativity in the region is also given by the CBSS Director-General Jan Lundin, who stresses the importance of the role the two organisations are taking: “Two leaders in macro-regional cooperation are placing emphasis on the future – young emerging talents that will ultimately decide on what our region will become.” Balticlab Project Development Programme is an effort by the SI and CBSS to create a network of interdisciplinary talent, which could be harnessed as a database for creative and entrepreneurial approaches to macro-regional concerns. It is a three module project development activity set throughout April-June 2013. A group of 19 individuals from Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden from the Balticlab Network, established at the Balticlab networking event in December 2012, have formed working groups to develop projects on contemporary culture, media, entrepreneurship and innovation. The meetings are scheduled for 12-16 April in Malmö (Sweden), 3-7 May in Nida (Lithuania), and 4-8 June in Kaliningrad (Russia).
The aim of the programme is to create a link between individuals with potential to drive change and innovation on the one hand and the policy-making and policy-enacting community (politicians, civil servants and NGO’s) engaged in Baltic Sea Region territorial cooperation on the other.